According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year alone. In Michigan alone, 8,160 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Happily, more women are fighting a winning battle and surviving breast cancer than ever before.
For many of these women, however, losing one or both of their breasts to cancer leaves them feeling incomplete. For breast cancer survivors, the loss of their breasts can be just as hard emotionally as it is physically. Fortunately, a range of excellent breast reconstruction options can have women feeling like their vibrant, womanly selves once again.
Breast Reconstruction Is Your Choice
When it comes to breast reconstruction, each woman should decide for herself whether reconstructing her breasts is the right choice for her. This is not a decision that should be made to appease someone else’s desires or to try fit any sort of ideal image. What are your needs and goals? Ask yourself how losing your breasts have impacted you and whether breast reconstruction will help you heal.
Know Your Breast Reconstruction Options
When it comes to making this decision, nothing is more important than knowing the options available to you. Not only is it important to understand the different techniques available, it is vital that you have a keen knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages as well as the benefits and risks of breast reconstruction. Only when you have a full understanding of your reconstruction options are you able to make a choice that you are truly happy with.
Breast Reconstruction Is Not for Every Woman
Only about one-fifth of women choose to reconstruct their breasts. Many women embrace their flat chests as a symbol over their battle with breast cancer. Others simply are not candidates for breast reconstruction.
When It Comes to Breast Reconstruction, Be Confident in Your Decision
Dr. Holley and his team at West Michigan Plastic Surgery understand just how important this choice is. Many women feel more confident in their decision after meeting with a qualified breast reconstruction surgeon such as Dr. Scott Holley. Dr. Holley is honored to be a part of your rehabilitation and is happy to meet with you and discuss your breast reconstruction options.
Whether you ultimately decide to proceed with breast reconstruction or not, Dr. Holley is here to support you through your decision-making process. Please schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Holley at either his Portage or Battle Creek practices.